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Tuesday, December 7

great coaster workshop!

What a great coaster workshop last weekend!  Check out all of the awesome creations:

Sunday, November 28

decoupage class at Arts & Industry

What a great class!  It was a gorgeous day, with bright sun streaming through the floor to ceiling windows, inspiring creativity and productivity.  Check out the gorgeous decoupage projects!

metal tray with nice decoupaging detail:

Ikea mirrors scored at a garage sale:

so Key West!

love.  those.  maps.

amazing decoupage detail

stunning fully wrapped metal tray

action shots (funky retro tray in foreground)

Join us on December 4th for our coaster class.  Repurposed ceramic bathroom tile + decoupage paper and vintage maps, magazines, books and fabric = gorgeous, useful drink coasters.  Makes a great gift, or keep them for your own entertaining!  Email for more details and to sign up!

Thursday, November 4

getting ready to Twist

Twist, the coolest craft fair around, is almost upon us! We spent today finalizing 200 goodies for the gift bags: your very own magnet made from a vintage clothespin and old gas station maps, reclaimed books and decoupage paper and a coupon for 10% off of your next Reclaimed Crafts workshop! 

stop by our make and take table at Twist and create your own magnet!
don't have time?  too busy shopping?  no problem! 
we will also have DIY burlap bags containing clothespins, 
a choice of paper including
vintage maps, papers, recipes and sheet music,
decoupage paper and reclaimed wallpaper,
a teeny adorable bottle of mod podge and instructions.

do it yourself at home, or give the sweet goodie bag as a gift.
makes a great stockingstuffer!

can't wait to see you at Twist!

Wednesday, November 3

vintage yardsticks + old Ikea table = funky, cool table

I became slightly obsessed with vintage yardsticks.  After the Elephant Trunk flea market and tag sales in Northampton, Florence and Vermont, I finally amassed enough vintage yardsticks to actually do something with them.  I loved the idea of putting them on a perfectly functioning but boring side table to jazz it up, like this.

Being the lawyer-minded person I am, I set out to follow the directions letter by letter, carefully laying out the yardsticks in a pattern on paper before making any decisions.  But Gus does not take long naps, and I really wanted to do this.  So I threw caution to the wind and just went for it.  And they fit perfectly.  I mean perfectly - not a inch of extra room. 

I positioned the yardsticks so the best part was in the center
then used a small handsaw to cut off the excess

it's no power tool, but it's still fun!

non-sequitorial dragon

finished product!

the perfect ending to a crafy day

I have one gorgeous yardstick left over from a bank in Holyoke.  Stay tuned to see what happens to that one!

Thursday, October 21

final class, check out this amazing stuff!

The second Reclaimed Crafts workshop is officially over, and we can't believe all of the beautiful projects this time around.  Thanks so much for joining us Mimi, Kathleen, Judy and Paula - hope to see you again!

impromptu mini key holder from leftover bead board

array of gorgeous vintage fabric awaits 
transformation into napkin rings

mid-creation napkin rings

reclaimed glass tile + vintage book = serving platter

gorgeous retro napkin rings

Saturday, October 9

power tools and napkin rings

We're all about craft diversity here at Reclaimed Crafts:

beautiful napkin rings with ribbon, vintage fabric and buttons 

and power tools to create a bill holder with reclaimed bead board
and vintage round clothespins!  well, ok, an electric drill.  but still...

join us in November and December!
see above for class schedule

Friday, October 8

getting ready to Twist!

Twist is just around the corner, and we are all about clothespin magnets.  Be one of the first 100 folks to attend Friday night or Saturday morning and get a gift bag filled with all sorts of cool stuff, not the least of which is a clothespin magnet and a discount on your next Reclaimed Crafts class!  As simple as these are, I never get bored making them.  Endless possibilities for materials, quick, beautiful and usable.  What a combination.  See you at Twist, and in the meantime, here's a preview of some of the clothespin magnets.

vintage NY map

old books and music scores

nautical map on bottom
beautiful photos of veggies and fruits on top

scraps of yummy decoupage paper

Saturday, October 2

coasters and platters, oh my

class #3 was a whirlwind of project completion.  oh boy I sound like a lawyer, don't I?  check out these gorgeous coasters and platters made from upcycled glass and ceramic tiles, vintage maps, books and fabric.  everyone is leaving the daily grind behind and doing amazing work!  stay tuned for our upcoming roster of weekend classes at a beautiful studio space at the Arts and Industry Building in Florence.  get a jump start on holiday shopping, and best yet, create your presents instead of buying them!

here's a preview of the next project:  vintage round clothespins on reclaimed bead board from an 1800's house in downtown get upcycled as a dishtowel holder.

olive feet for....

an olive themed serving platter

a set of four coasters made using reclaimed ceramic tiles and vintage fabric, all wrapped up and ready to give as a present

more gorgeous coasters:  decoupage paper as background,
vintage maps as an overlay

Sunday, September 26

birch bark place cards for barn wedding

our friends, wendy and john, got married this weekend at a gorgeous barn in buckland, ma.  they asked reclaimed crafts to help them create place cards that would fit the day, their earthy aesthetic and be relatively inexpensive.  we created these birch bark place cards by cutting pieces of birch bark, drilling them to create a hole for the raffia to pass through, carefully writing all the guests' names and table assignments (in this case, because wendy and john are avid skiers, the tables were named for ski mountains), and then hanging them all from some twigs that we placed in reclaimed sap buckets.  we think the results are stunning.  it was wonderful listening in as guests grabbed their cards and commented on how cool it was that it was "real" birch bark.  we hope and expect that these cards will dangle from many a guest's fridge as a terrific reminder of a perfect autumn day on the farm.

reclaimed crafts would love to help you with all aspects of your wedding or event.  send us an email!

Thursday, September 23

we are so cool

no really, we are so cool.  objectively cool.  we can say that because we were just invited to join the hippest craft fair west of Worcester:  Twist!  if you've never been, you must come.  if you have, you know what we are talking about.  come visit Twist's first ever Make and Take Table, sponsored by yours truly, Reclaimed Crafts!  after checking out all of the amazing items for sale and getting really inspired to craft yourself, stop by our table to make clips and magnets with recycled clothespins, vintage maps, magazines and books and scraps of decoupage paper.  get a jump start on your holiday shopping, and best of all, do it yourself! 

come early on Friday night and score yourself a gift bag with all sorts of cool stuff in it, including a magnet and a discount to a Reclaimed Crafts class!